Joy over ‘wheel­chair gift’

Go! & Express - - NEWS - MATTHEW FIELD

AN­OTHER lucky re­cip­i­ent re­ceived the gift of mo­bil­ity this week at PNA’s ninth Wheel­chair Han­dover.

Sara Smal, who suf­fers from a bro­ken back, bro­ken neck, and dam­aged knees, was all smiles as she showed off her new set of wheels.

Lau­ren Lubbe and Sibulele Robi, from Frere Hos­pi­tal’s Oc­cu­pa­tional Ther­apy branch, were there to help present the gift to Smal.

“With all the years she’s been with Frere, she hasn’t al­ways been a pa­tient of Oc­cu­pa­tional Ther­apy, so we’ve only had the plea­sure to know her for al­most a year now,” said Lubbe.

She said Smal was un­able to have cor­rec­tive surgery due to med­i­cal rea­sons.

“She has had a fu­sion be­fore but all the plates and the screws have now been com­ing out of the bone. Be­cause of all these mech­a­nisms that are bro­ken and dam­aged, she bat­tles a lot with walk­ing.

“It was such a joy that I could phone her last week and say: ‘”We’ve got you a wheel­chair!’”

Smal will not be for­got­ten by the hos­pi­tal now that her wheel­chair’s ar­rived.

“Ev­ery­thing for this wheel­chair is on ten­der so we’ll be able to en­sure a con­tin­ued main­te­nance plan for many years to come, un­til we can­not sal­vage the wheel­chair and from there we will be able to re­place it in a timely man­ner,” said Lubbe.

Smal’s hus­band, Dries, was just as emo­tional when he stood up to thank PNA and the Sweet­hearts Foun­da­tion for their do­na­tion. “It’s a heart­break­ing mo­ment to get my wife here to get her wheel­chair. Thank you very much, we ap­pre­ci­ate it.”

Pic­ture: AMANDA NANO

ON THE MOVE: Sara Smal re­ceived a wheel­chair at the ninth PNA Wheel­chair Han­dover on Tues­day. Present at the han­dover are left to right, Lau­ren Lubbe, Dries Smal, Sibulele Robi, Gussie Eber­hardt. In front, are Do­minic Spit­tal, Smal and Dar­rel Eber­hardt

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